2014 wasn’t just good to Dutch Fork; it was great. With five state title appearances and three championships, 2014 was the Year of the Fox.
No other Midlands school had the athletic success last year of Dutch Fork. The school won championships in girls tennis, girls basketball and cheer. It claimed runners-up in football and girls cross country and brought home the state’s Mr. Football award for Matt Colburn to cap off a stellar 2014.
“We take great pride in that,” says Dutch Fork Principal Greg Owings. ‘We don’t’ want to be good in just one thing, we want to be good and do well in a lot of different areas. I think there’s always three reasons for success.
“Our kids are great, best kids in the world, we have great coaches and great teachers, and finally our community support, from our district office and parents has just been outstanding.”
The success of so many programs has school spirit at an all-time high.
“It’s great to have kids in every different area being successful and to have the whole student body cheering for the cheerleaders and the tennis and the football and the basketball,” Owings says.
As football coach, Tom Knotts has been to three straight state title games, establishing the program as one of the country’s best. As A.D., Knotts sees the bigger picture of a program’s overall success.
“As an AD, of course you’re proud,” Knotts says. “You’re proud of all the coaches of all the kids, of all the hard work they put in to achieve their success. And it’s meant a lot to our community.
“We feel like we’ve got it rolling here at Dutch Fork and we hope to keep it up in 2015.”